Los Angeles County is in for significant jump in COVID-19 vaccine supply

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Los Angeles County is in for a significant jump in its COVID-19 vaccine supply.

"Next week we are expecting to receive 312,000 vaccine doses, the largest weekly shipment we have received to date," says Dr. Paul Simon, the county's chief science officer.

Simon says 62% of them of will be used for first-dose shots so a lot of new people will be able to start the vaccination process.

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The shipment will include close to 54,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - the first being sent to the county - and that one requires only one shot.

"We think that the vaccine supplies will continue to increase we are not quite sure of the pace. We are very excited to have the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this next week. We have been told then there may be a delay of several weeks before we receive another shipment towards the end of this month. And then on into April and May things could increase and they could increase actually quite rapidly," he says.

There are roughly 4 million people - seniors and essential workers - who are currently eligible for shots in the county. More than 2.4 million doses have been administered so far. Later this month, eligibility will expand to include people 64 and younger with certain disabilities and health conditions.